Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (majors declared before 2009).
The Education Department is committed to preparing future teachers who have a thorough
grounding in the disciplines they will teach within the context of a strong liberal
arts foundation. The programs include intensive training in the content and methodologies.
The field-centered component in the programs requires extensive and carefully sequenced
opportunities to work with teachers and children in a variety of school settings
during all four years of preparation for teaching. The Education Department has
established strong relationships with local public, parochial and private schools.
Majors spend an average of two to four hours per week each semester in various classrooms,
observing teachers and children, aiding, tutoring, providing small-group and whole-class
instruction, and completing tasks on increasingly challenging levels of involvement.
Student teacher candidates spend the semester immediately preceding the student
teaching semester with their assigned cooperating teachers. Seniors spend the fall
semester in full-time student teaching with cooperating teachers who have been carefully
chosen for that role. Additional opportunities are provided for our students to
work in nursery schools, child care centers, middle schools, and in classes for
Course of Studies for the Elementary Education major (K-6) and for certification
in Elementary Education with an option for certification in Special Education K-12.